RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Amber Pennell was trapped for five days in her mangled pickup truck, hidden under vines in a steep ravine in western North Carolina only 150 feet away from a four-lane highway.

Seriously injured and without food and water, she might have died if rescuer Tommy Courtner hadn't spotted tire tracks and damaged foliage by the side of the road on Monday.

When he stepped farther down into the ravine to investigate, he saw part of a white truck obscured by kudzu. Courtner called out her name and Pennell raised her hand from the wreckage.

By Wednesday the 21-year-old mother was recovering in a hospital from a fractured skull and limbs, but was expected to recover fully with rehabilitation.